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Old 01-04-2015, 02:13 PM   #1
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Boondocking Bears

We plan to do some Boondocking in BC. Any special bear precautions we should consider? I am particularly wondering about food in the trailer.

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Old 01-04-2015, 02:32 PM   #2
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I've seen bears do a number on vehicles that have had food left in them. I'd stick to the same approach as you would if you were back packing through bear country and remove the temptation by suspending food (and anything with a smell - toothpaste, gum, soaps, etc) from a tree out of reach and away from camp.

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Love it, Panama. Made my day! Having camped in the Sierras for many years we have plenty of bear stories.

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Old 01-04-2015, 04:55 PM   #5
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We camp in bear country frequently.
They are not going to break into your Airstream. However if there is food around your campsite or campground they are going to hang around and help themselves if they get a chance.
Campgrounds in bear country have bear proof dumpsters but if one is careless and leaves the door open or partially latched, they are clever about opening it.
If there is no trash around your campsite and no enticing smells, you will see no sign of them.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:15 PM   #6
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Bears are so unpredictable. When you think you have them figured out, they do something unexpected.

When bear hunting, we left food out around camp quite often. The little buggars never came into camp.

When camping in the Rockies, bears would often come into camp for cookie crumbs on the picnic table.

Some people will say bears are more afraid of you than you are of them. Possibly, until they are not.

Respect them. Keep a clean camp, and stay back if you do have a close encounter.
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Just to second the above.... just no food or food remains left outside. I've heard of bears in California getting into locked vehicles, but not in the Kootenays where we live. They can tear apart a picnic cooler or tent left outside, however.

One area that is sometimes overlooked is a BBQ grill. If you travel with a portable grill, it's a good idea to clean it thoroughly after use, so the old grease, &c isn't an attractant. Also, in addition to the food issue, you might wish to invest in some bear spray canisters, to be used only if an attack seems immanent.

Bears are naturally curious-- and hungry-- so if you see one in a campground, the best course is to notify the ranger or campground host, as they don't want the bears to get habituated.

However, black bears are more timid. The old scouts' method for scaring them away from your campsite if one wanders in, is to bang together pots and pans, metal spoons, and just to make a lot of noise. I can vouch for this working!
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I saw a cooler a few years back, that had been left outside with bacon in it.

It had deep teeth marks in it that looked like the bear had bitten into butter, they were that clean and defined. Powerful jaws.

There was a poster here some years back that had a grizzly claw its' way thru the rear window of her trailer. She and her dogs escaped out the front to their truck. She thought they smelled the peanut butter in the mouse traps.

When we have been in bear country, caution posters are everywhere, telling you to keep all food items and aromatics locked in your vehicle. We kept everythng inside the Interstate, and never had an encounter.

As terryv said, bears are theoretically afraid of people........until they are not.

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B.C bears are very gentle especially the ghost or spirit bears of Clayquot sound. Think Poo Bear. It's the Alaskan bears that are the rowdies and the vandals of the bear world.

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PS The bigger concern for you boondocking in B.C is getting out of the mud and muck after six or so inches of rain have fallen the night before.
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B.C bears are very gentle especially the ghost or spirit bears of Clayquot sound. Think Poo Bear.
Is that humor Tony? Feel free to curl up with that 'poo bear'.
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Some years ago we were tent camping in Yellowstone. We were advised to keep any coolers in the car AND covered. The rangers said the bears have come to recognize a cooler and if they can see it they will go to great efforts to get to it. So, in the trunk of the car if you have one or if exposed cover it.
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Use to canoe camp all over northern US and Canada, had many visits from bears and most concerning was one night a mama with something stuck in her throat and a baby on the other side of our tent. No problem, but nerve racking nonetheless. We always tied food in trees, in our AS we keep it inside, and dog food as well. Used to keep in bed of pick up truck, but found that bears love dry dog food.

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We use this type of sealable dog food storage container to keep food fresh and pests uninterested, especially in remote areas. At five pounds of dry food a day for our pair, we need both the capacity and convenience that storing this bin in our shell covered truck bed provides.

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